eUpdate - June 12, 2015
Join me at West County's conference on reducing homelessness 
Supervisor Gioia among speaker list of experts and academics

Saffron Strand's Sixth Annual Homeless Workforce - "Moving Beyond Barriers and Back to Work" -- is set for June 15-16 at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium. 


I'm honored to serve as a speaker at this conference, and look forward to sharing and learning as we continue to build momentum toward strengthening our regional economy and reducing homelessness. 


Saffron Strand, Inc. and its CEO, Yvonne Nair, have been pioneers in terms of raising the public issue of homelessness and establishing West County an incubator for innovative ideas and strategies. 

This unique conference draws some of the nation's leading experts to the Bay Area to share the latest research and best practices. 


Conference speakers include:


Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD (President and CEO, Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, New York, NY), speaking on "The Path Out of Homelessness Is More Than Housing." 


Jeff Olivet (CEO, Center for Social Innovation, Boston, MA), speaking on racism and homelessness.


Larry Robbin (Executive Director, Robbin and Associates, Oakland, CA), speaking on "Appreciate the Impact of Your Work: Look at the Rest of the Iceberg!" 

For the rest of the list, click here. 


Plenary sessions, workshops, and other activities will provide education, training, and networking to give you knowledge and resources to help clients and consumers overcome barriers, gain skills, and begin to build careers. Also, the Conference features more than a dozen workshops led by professionals in the field. 


For details on Conference education and training, as well as registration information, click here.

John Gioia
Supervisor, District One 
Contra Costa County 
11780 San Pablo Avenue, Suite D 
El Cerrito, CA  94530 
510-231-8686 Phone